One of the biggest problems for highly sensitive people is that they feel so much from others that they lose themselves during the day.
There are several things you can do to help you feel more centered so that you don’t lose so much of your energy. When your energy is focused outside of you all the time you end up feeling empty and exhausted inside.
First of all, it is very important to ‘fill your own cup’ in the morning before you dive into your day. Otherwise your energy is like a bath without the plug in it: your energy will leave you very quickly and you’ll end up feeling drained, exhausted and overwhelmed.
To prevent this I highly recommend that you start your day with a short morning ritual. I have found that 10 minutes is enough, but you can do more if you want. What you do in that time can definitely make up for the 10 minutes of sleep that you’re missing. Try it for a week and see what difference it makes!
Here are a few suggestions that you can use to create a powerful foundation for your day:
1) Start by taking a few deep breaths to really feel your body.
2) If you like you can do a short yoga sequence to wake up and connect with your body. Youtube is filled with free short yoga videos. See if you can find a teacher that you resonate with, either online or in person who can help you create a short morning yoga sequence. This works especially well for people who have difficulty waking up in the morning. Meditation might lure you into sleep again, but doing yoga or another physical activity first will help to wake up your body and get going.
3) Ground yourself. See if you can feel your entire body. You can start at your feet and slowly move your attention up or start at your crown and move your attention down until you have ‘touched’ every part of your body with your attention. Then imagine a grounding chord between your base chakra (an energycenter at the base of your spine) and the earth, AND between each of your feet and the earth. Let these chords go deeply into the earth. Some people like to visualise these chords as the roots of a tree. Seeing it is not the important part, the intention is. You can watch this video where I explain this in depth, or listen to my grounding meditation here.
4) Breathe again and feel the difference in your body and/or your energyfield.
5) Use your intention & visualisation to set your intention for the day. Imagine everything going smoothly. Imagine what it would feel like to feel this centered all day long. FEEL powerful. FEEL centered. FEEL balanced. Bring those feelings into the here and now. That way you’ll anchor them and it will be easier to get back to when you are thrown off balance during the day.
6) Practice whatever meditation or spiritual tools you like. This time is for YOU!
I love flexibility and doing whatever comes up in the moment so my morning ritual is hardly ever exactly the same (that would be boring!). I never skip the grounding part though, because that is essential to bring me in my body and in balance.
I invite you to play with this yourself. Take these ideas, experiment with them and adapt them to your needs. The most important thing is to create a ritual that works for you, so it will naturally turn into a joyful daily practice. This is your me-time! Laying a strong foundation in the morning is the first step to feeling centered and balanced during your day, no matter how sensitive you are.
You can sign up for my free meditation series Living In Peace here, which also contains a grounding meditation.
P.S. My online course Thriving with Sensitivity is specifically designed to help highly sensitive people and empaths to:
- stay much more centered in themselves
- so that the energies & emotions from other people no longer throw you off balance
- and that if they ever do, you know exactly what you need to do to bring yourself back.
In this course you will learn practical tools and guided meditations to help you:
- find your center
- stay centered in your daily life
- come back to your center whenever you’ve gone ‘off’ (it happens to all of us!)
- stop the habit of monitoring everything and pleasing others
- go from ‘surviving with sensitivity’ to ‘thriving with sensitivity’!